The New York Court of Appeals has rejected Richard Dutrow Jr.’s
appeal of a 10-year suspension handed down by the New York State Racing
and Wagering Board, but the trainer will continue to be allowed to enter
horses until his options to appeal the case are exhausted.
The Court of Appeals said in a brief note Tuesday that it had
rejected the appeal “upon the ground that no substantial constitutional
question is directly involved.” The Court of Appeals is the highest
court in New York, but Dutrow still has one last option to pursue the
appeal in the same court by requesting that the court hear the case on a
variety of legal grounds aside from an examination of constitutional
principles in the case.
The ruling is a substantial blow to Dutrow’s efforts to overturn the
10-year suspension, which was handed down a year ago. Following the
suspension, Dutrow was granted a stay that has allowed him to continue
to train, and the stay will remain in effect until all of his legal
options to appeal in New York’s courts run out.